(CNN)Janet Fonesca typically enjoys Thanksgiving dinner at her parents’ home in Corpus Christi, Texas, with her three sisters, their spouses, her brother, 10 children, aunts, uncles, cousins — all under one roof.
Holiday season starts under pall of more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases. And 20 states did not report numbers on Thanksgiving DayWith the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that Americans opt out of traveling this Thanksgiving because of the Covid-19 pandemic, many were forced to find alternative ways to still celebrate the holiday. For Fonesca, that meant a socially distanced dinner table set with just three plates.Fonesca, a patient care tech in a hospital Covid-19 ICU, had already made significant changes to her lifestyle. She, her husband and daughter, who is asthmatic, sleep in separate rooms; use separate bathrooms, disposable cutlery and dishes; and sit 6 feet apart to try to keep everyone healthy. Janet Fonesca and her family on Thanksgiving enjoy a socially distanced meal together.So, changing holiday plans wasn’t a huge departure.Read MoreFonesca started off Thanksgiving Day at Mass with 50 people — all masked — in attendance. And although she couldn’t gather with family to eat and play Mexican Bingo, she made sure to swing by her in-laws’ home to see them and their 90-year-old parents from a safe distance. Janet Fonesca visits with her family.”I’m grateful to be healthy but sad for all my friends who have lost their loved ones,” she said.Swapping side dishes in the drivewayPaul Kingsley’s family loves to cook. So, when his daughter asked what the plans were this year, it didn’t take long to come up with a solution that included every family member.Typically, Kingsley’s home in Rochester, New York, is the meeting point for Thanksgiving, but a couple weeks ago, the family shifted gears to make the holiday a safe one, he said. Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemic Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicJanis and Uri Segal wave to family members on video as they celebrated Thanksgiving with a small dinner together in Detroit.Hide Caption 1 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicA family celebrates Thanksgiving outside in Hermosa Beach, California. Grandmothers Ann Anderson, in green and G.G., in purple, had their own table.Hide Caption 2 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicCafeteria staff serve Thanksgiving meals to hospital personnel at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.Hide Caption 3 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicAlexis Small and her newborn baby, Aubrielle Kitchen, attend a conference call with family members on Thanksgiving Day.Hide Caption 4 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicA patient eats a Thanksgiving meal at a Covid-19 intensive care unit in Houston.Hide Caption 5 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicJessica and John Franz prepare Thanksgiving dinner in Olathe, Kansas, while their daughters, Quinn and Molly, talk with family members on Thanksgiving Day.Hide Caption 6 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicFamily members wave goodbye to Barbara Farrior, 85, after visiting her at her nursing home in New York on Thanksgiving. The Hebrew Home at Riverdale was featuring drive-up visits so that families could connect with their loved ones celebrating the holiday alone.Hide Caption 7 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicDr. Joseph Varon eats a Thanksgiving meal in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston.Hide Caption 8 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicOn behalf of the charitable foundation SocialWorks, volunteers in Chicago distribute free turkeys to those in need on November 23.Hide Caption 9 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicThe staff of the Medium Rare restaurant in Arlington, Virginia, pack Thanksgiving meals for area seniors and those in need on November 24.Hide Caption 10 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicThe Radio City Rockettes rehearse for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The traditional parade took place without spectators this year.Hide Caption 11 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicPeople line up in their cars to receive Thanksgiving meal boxes from the Tarrant Area Food Bank in Texas. The November 20 giveaway, the largest in the organization’s history, took place in the parking lot of AT&T Stadium in Arlington.Hide Caption 12 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicPresident Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump by his side, holds the annual turkey pardoning in the White House Rose Garden.Hide Caption 13 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicA person hands over a turkey at the Bay Area Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving Giveaway in Richmond, California. The pandemic has put millions of Americans out of work, and many families have been turning to food banks to get by.Hide Caption 14 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicPeople take photos of Thanksgiving decorations at Macy’s Herald Square store in New York City.Hide Caption 15 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicShannon Fredericks — along with her daughter Lauren and son Jack — get tested for Covid-19 in Ventura, California, on November 19. They were planning on family members visiting for Thanksgiving, and they wanted to play it safe and get tested ahead of time.Hide Caption 16 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicCars line up in the parking lot of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ stadium, where there was drive-thru testing for Covid-19. Long lines have been seen at testing sites across the country as people were eager to get tested ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.Hide Caption 17 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicPeople wearing personal protective equipment walk inside Los Angeles International Airport on November 17. The airport began issuing Covid-19 tests in two terminals that week and planned to quickly expand the program.Hide Caption 18 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicPeople say goodbye before checking in for a Delta Air Lines flight in Los Angeles on November 25.Hide Caption 19 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicTraffic is seen on Interstate 80 in Emeryville, California, a day before Thanksgiving.Hide Caption 20 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicTravelers at the Orlando International Airport wait at a security checkpoint on November 25, a day before Thanksgiving.Hide Caption 21 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicA couple in New York City uses a video call to take part in a Thanksgiving celebration with friends on November 22.Hide Caption 22 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicAdeline Atondo plays the ukulele by her father, Ray, as they wait for their flight at Denver International Airport on November 20.Hide Caption 23 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicJacquie Carney, 7, runs to hug her grandmother, Donna Vidrine, after arriving on a flight to Los Angeles on November 23.Hide Caption 24 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicTurkeys are seen at a farm in Orefield, Pennsylvania, on November 20.Hide Caption 25 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicEmployees with the Transportation Security Administration work at a checkpoint at Denver International Airport on November 20.Hide Caption 26 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicCali Hammer and her brother Bryce take a photo with Santa, who was behind a plexiglass partition at a Cabela’s store in Tilden Township, Pennsylvania, on November 20.Hide Caption 27 of 28 Photos: Celebrating the holidays during a pandemicA person in New York walks through the Shops at Hudson Yards on November 23.Hide Caption 28 of 28Kingsley’s son came home from college last week after taking a Covid-19 test provided by his school. Kinglsey’s daughter is nearby with her significant other, and his brother and their 91-year-old mother live not far away, in Canandaigua, New York, he said. With his family in three different homes, Kinglsey said members were assigned to make a side dish that was shared in a Thursday morning driveway swap. Everyone wore masks — and left with a full meal. Kingsley then drove the 30 miles south to Canandaigua to deliver a portion of the bounty because his mother doesn’t get out.Paul Kingsley and his daughter, Sarah Kingsley, exchange sides on Thanksgiving morning.”So, we all had the same food so we could eat at the same time, but we did it in three different locations,” he said. “We still had family time, but we were eating separately and safely.” One person could have cooked all the food, but by giving everyone a cooking assignment, there was more to talk about during their video call, Kingsley said.Paul’s wife, Kathleen McGrath, and their son enjoy their Thanksgiving meal with a family Zoom call.Dinner on the porchKelly Anne Odhe usually sees between 50 and 75 relatives and friends at two or three get-togethers on Thanksgiving. This year, she enjoyed her table for two in the comfort of her home with her significant other — and still made it special with her table decor.Kelly Anne Odhe dressed up a table for just two.Odhe said she connected with loved ones in different ways — some virtually and some with porch deliveries with face masks on. On the menu: turkey, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, stuffing, rolls, cranberries and dessert.”Table for two, porch drop-offs, outdoor hellos, & masks,” Ohde tweeted. “Thanksgiving brings a new level of gratitude & a different look. What matters are relationships. Thankful for all of you, a career I love, an opportunity to give back and health.”Giving thanks for Zoom and FaceTimeUsually, the rules of dinnertime include no phones, laptops or tablets. With things looking and feeling different this year, families everywhere had no problem making exceptions.
Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🍽🍁— our #doublemedicalmarriage family is prepped and ready for our #quarantine feast. Thanks @zoom_us & #FaceTime for bringing families together! Stay safe & thank a #healthcare worker today. #gratitude #zoomthanksgiving #HappyThanksgiving2020 #MedTwitter pic.twitter.com/76OLbnNTmN
Hard staying away from our family this #Thanksgiving We love them so much but because we love each other so much, all of us stayed at home. #thanksgiving2020 #COVID #zoomthanksgiving pic.twitter.com/YEjoL0MjUB
— EleanorHoward (@WriterEleanor) November 26, 2020
No matter what your table looks like this year, we hope you spend time with those you love. From our table to yours, have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍽🍁 pic.twitter.com/FVUzyvPKGj
— Tredyffrin Township Police (@The_TTPD) November 26, 2020 And those who had to work still took a break to enjoy their loved ones’ company and a meal.
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